Photo by: Tim Abbott

Conservation Finance

 Conservation finance is among the greatest challenges we face in protecting important properties and significant landscapes across our region.  Protecting land often requires significant capital.   Right now, vulnerable land is coming on the market at the same time that public funding for land protection is at its lowest in recent memory.  Local conservation organizations are stretched to the limit responding to significant land protection opportunities in each of our communities.  We cannot depend solely on the generosity of land owners for gifts of land or easements to protect what makes our region so special. 

To respond to this critical need, the Litchfield Hills Greenprint is developing new opportunities for additional private philanthropy to fully leverage other public and private funds to protect our most special places in Northwest Connecticut.

*     We have launched The Greenprint Partners Pledge Fund, which offers its subscribers a way to make meaningful, anonymous grants to worthy conservation projects that are vetted and supported by HVA through the Greenprint and undertaken by its local land trust members.  As of June, 2016, subscribers have allocated $400,000 since 2014 that has leveraged $1.2 million and protected 442 acres in Cornwall and Goshen.

*     Thanks to a generous $100,000 grant from the Jesse B Cox Charitable Fund through its donated land and easement program, we are developing  the Greenprint Landowner Incentive Fund which can assist Greenprint member land trusts with some of the transactions costs they incur when they accept gifts or deeply discounted sales of land or easements.

To learn more about either of these funds, please contact Tim Abbott at HVA.

Photo by: Tim Abbott